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Spirited Bangladesh eyeing another big win
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Spirited Bangladesh eyeing another big win

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Bangladesh will be eyeing another big scalp in the tournament when they take on Australia in ICC World Cup 2019 group stage clash at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

The ‘Bangla Tigers’ have already beaten South Africa and West Indies in the tournament and are placed at the number fifth spot on the points table. A win for Mashrafe Mortaza’s men against the defending champions will throw the competition wide open at the top half of the table.

The one change that Bangladesh are likely to make is bring in Sabbir Rahman in place of Mosaddek Hossain. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will be leading the bowling attack alongside Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman. Mehidy Hasan is likely to play the role of regular spinner in the side.

Australia have won four out of their five matches in the tournament so far and will look for another win to further strengthen their position at the top half of the table. Australia are unlikely to tinker around with their winning combination but could go for minor tweaking in the lower-order.

Aaron Finch and David Warner are sensational at the top of the order while Steven Smith has been leading the charge of the middle-order. Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh have been good in patches and will continue to guard the middle-order along with wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey.

Australia went into the match without a regular spinner against Sri Lanka last time around but could bring back Zampa just to provide variation to the line-up.

Bangladesh Predicted XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan.

Australia Predicted XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson